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June 10th, 2005
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Friday Judgment Call: Watch, Ride, Report
Via about a billion lefty political blogs (Articulatory Loop appears to be the original source, and has a good authenticity discussion in the comments section) comes this remarkable sighting on a commuter train near the nation's capital:
[image: Watch, Ride, Report]
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As near as I can ascertain from readers' assertions and web links, this is an actual picture of an actual poster that many claim to have seen in person on the MARC commuter line in at least two separate locations. It's posted at a rail photo site as well. So it sems fairly safe to say that this exists ... which leaves the question remaining of whether it's genuine, i.e. whether it was placed there by the appropriate authorities in earnest (and someone really did think the blatant Stalinist Soviet imagery was a good Homeland Security tactic).

That's what you get to decide!

Poll #510470 Friday Judgment Call: Watch, Ride, Report

Real homeland security poster or guerrilla art?

Real poster.
29(64.4%)
Guerrilla art.
16(35.6%)


If you have further verification of its authenticity or lack thereof, post it in comments. If you don't, vote before you read them.

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From:baxil
Date:June 10th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
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http://glassfrequency.blogspot.com/2005/06/watch-ride-report.html gives a response from the MTA, a pointer to the company commissioned to place the poster at rail facilities, and links to the studio that designed it and an award the piece has won.

Apparently it IS real. Wow. I wrote TRSG and asked if there's any way of getting ahold of a reprint.
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From:natetg
Date:June 10th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)

What about both

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Remember that any truly brilliant irony must be sufficiently subtle to be mistaken for sincerity. Especially when we're dealing with as orwellian a situation as this, there is a real dance on the razor's edge.
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From:elynne
Date:June 10th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)

Re: What about both

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That's exactly what I was thinking, too. :)
From:halyn
Date:June 10th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I totally had my dollars down on it being guerrilla art. I just didn't think that a poster like that would be a Good Idea in the current social climate, and figured that most politicians would be aware of that too.

Wow. Guess I was wrong.
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From:aki_dreaming
Date:June 10th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Me too. Guess this is what they mean when they say those who don't study history are condemned to repeat it.
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From:quen_elf
Date:June 10th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
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I think it's awesome, nice design.

And we've been there, done that in London. Here's a link.

http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/002285.html

(That's not actually the poster I was googling for, but it'll do :)
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From:sashajwolf
Date:June 11th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
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Yes, it was the London posters that made me think it was real.
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From:postrodent
Date:June 10th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I do wonder if the *designer* wasn't poking a little fun at the Terror State. Regardless, America gets a little more late Soviet every time I look.
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From:baxil
Date:June 10th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
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We have met the enemy and he is us.
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From:soreth
Date:June 10th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Shit, I was really hoping that wasn't for real...
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From:sparkliedragon
Date:June 11th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
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While I don't use the MARC trains, I've seen similar ideas with less unnerving presentations on DC's subway trains. Being so close to the capital, national security has much more of a tangible presense, and I think that the area's sniper attacks a few years ago are still lingering in some minds. But nothing will surprise me about this state after learning that my hometown was part of the evolution sticker debate nonsense. Um, yay for Maryland?
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From:walks_far
Date:June 11th, 2005 07:48 am (UTC)
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Right out of Nazi Germany, circa 1940.
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